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Rebecca hasn't been cared for by anyone for longer than 10-15 mins without my presence, but the friend we have available to look after her if needed when baby #2 comes actually taught some signs to her son (now 2.5 and 'reads' signs, but doesn't do them anymore, despite her trying to keep them up, lol), so is familiar with the *really* important ones, and is aware that Rebecca uses a LOT more signs. We actually got together this past Friday, and she was noticing that almost every time anything was said, Rebecca was signing words that she knew signs for in every sentence, so I imagine she'll brush up on things, since she now knows how much Rebecca uses them... so it really didn't take any effort at all to get her on board.
Do other caregivers help you teach sign to your children? My husband does not really introduce signs to Jonah, but he helps enforce them once he sees that Jonah is using a particular sign. We also live with my in-laws. They don't know very many signs, but they help with the ones that they can remember or the signs that they know Jonah uses often. We're trying to get him to sign to other people besides me and DH, so they've been really helpful in getting him to ask for milk or his gorilla etc by signing rather than throwing a tantrum when DH or I aren't around.
Did you have to talk them into it? They were very skeptical at first. I think they were self conscious about doing the signs too. They don't like to draw attention to themselves, and are afraid to look silly in a lot of situations. But once Jonah started to sign, they started too. I think what really pushed them to do it was knowing that this was the only way Jonah can talk. Now we have medical backup that he cannot physically produce most verbal sounds, and they see what a great tool it is for him to communicate.
What are some ways that you have gotten other caregiveres involved? I made them some flash cards and put around the house, where Jonah uses those signs the most, so that they could see what he was signing, and also so they could encourage him to use those signs. It helped them "double check" to make sure they are doing it right and not feel so self conscious about doign it wrong
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